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Minnesota nursing home defends rapist: 89-year-old victim was a ‘flirt’

An elderly woman in Minnesota is seeking punitive damages against a nursing home that placed her in a mental health facility and protected her attacker after she was raped. According to court documents obtained by the Star Tribune, Edgewood Vista senior living facility forced the 89-year-old woman to spend 72…

Fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published

The field of mental health will face its greatest upset in years on Saturday with the publication of the long-awaited and deeply-controversial US manual for diagnosing mental disorders. Early drafts of the book, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, have divided medical…

U.S. Army reviews mental health diagnoses

WASHINGTON — The US Army’s inspector general is investigating whether psychiatrists threw out diagnoses of post-traumatic stress for soldiers to save money, the civilian head of the army told lawmakers Wednesday. The review coincides with renewed concern over the psychological strain on American soldiers as military prosecutors investigate Staff Sergeant…

Mental trauma takes huge toll in Afghan war

Mohammad Qasim, a 58-year-old butcher, is traumatised, depressed and anxious — like 50 percent of his fellow Afghans after 30 years of war, according to government figures. Qasim saw his wife, daughter-in-law and two grandsons aged five and six die in a horrific suicide bombing in Kabul last month. More…

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